About Northern Summit Academy

The mission of Northern Summit Academy is to provide educational opportunities to students who need the flexibility of independent study and the support of classroom teachers, classes, and an academic environment. Northern Summit Academy’s personalized approach and delivery utilizes traditional and innovative materials, equipment, techniques and community resources with an emphasis on collaborative relationships. Active collaboration among students, families, administration, support staff and the community will develop the students’ self assurance, self reliance, and a positive and reciprocal relationship with individuals and the community.

Northern Summit Academy envisions enabling students to move through compulsory K-12 education into post high school opportunities with the confidence that their education, personal well being and contributions as members of a global society are valuable and personally controllable.  Students need to be nurtured into taking responsibility for creating a fulfilling, healthy life.  In order to do this, young people need support in the forms of personalized instruction, up to date resources, and healthy adult and peer relationships and activities.  These supports will help develop healthy personal habits, collaborative work and social skills, and career goals and skills. Northern Summit Academy is committed to equipping the students to meet the complex challenges of the 21st century.   It is imperative that these habits and skills be seen as having value and relevancy on a personal and community level.

The collaborative support system at Northern Summit Academy enables each student, parent/guardian, staff member and involved community member to contribute to developing each student as a valuable individual and a valuable, contributing community member. In addition, this collaboration provides opportunities for parent/guardians, staff members, and community members to realize their own value as individuals and contributing community members.

Northern Summit Academy is a California Non-profit 501(3)(c) organization.

We are located at 2877 Childress Drive in Anderson, California.   Our office hours are 8:00-3:00 Monday through Friday and we are also available by appointment.

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Northern Summit Academy Learning Community.  Northern Summit Academy is a personalized learning program delivered as a non-classroom based program. Some of our students work as strictly independent study students.   Others choose to participate in our optional resource center classes.  Our students, K-12, enjoy the variety of courses, materials, field studies, and optional center classes with our personalized learning teachers as individual guides and supporters.

Please take this opportunity to explore our website.  We also have a Facebook page.  However, the best way to get to know us and what our school has to offer is to come in and meet us in person.  We would love to give you a tour of our Resource Center and the equipment and materials we have available.

School begins on August 22, 2016.  The Resource Center classes will begin on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.  Sign-ups for the center classes, electives, vendors, and music instruction are accomplished through the personalized learning teacher at the first meeting.  We have included the center class schedule on our website.

Finally, please join us on August 30 from 5-7 pm for our Back To School Event.  We will have our school vans, Mobile Resource Center, and Concession Trailer here for viewing.  We will be giving tours of the center.  The BBQ will be hot and cooking something yummy to go with cold beverages.  This will be an excellent time for new, returning, and perspective families to get to know the staff and each other. 

If you have any questions please call 377-5885.  I would be delighted to introduce you to our Learning Community.

Julia Knight



Board of Directors

The Board of Directors meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 2:30, unless otherwise noted. Meetings are held at our resource center at 2877 Childress Drive, Anderson, CA 96007.  Members of the public may be heard on any business item on the Board’s Agenda. A person addressing the Board will be limited to five (5) minutes unless the chairperson of the Board grants a longer period of time. The Board will only allow comments by members of the public on an item that appears on the Agenda during consideration of the item. We would appreciate it if you would identify yourself with your name when addressing the Board.

Michael Bolduc


Michael is a Shasta County resident and the parent of an enrolled child.  He earned his high school diploma from Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa, Ca.  Michael has taken various technical and vocational courses and trainings through the years.  He has been a small business owner since 1980.  Since 2001 he has been the owner of “Bolduc Performance Technologies”.  .Michael was the Vice President of the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce for 3 years and spent 10 years in the Awana Ministry. He has also participated in the Salvation Army Red Kettle Drives.  Michael is involved in the local Cottonwood Community Watch Group, Junior Giants, and school activities.

Randal Morton


Randal is a Shasta County resident.   Randal graduated from Anderson Union High School, Anderson, CA.  He attended Shasta Community College and earned his Log Scaling Certificate.  He is a retired small business owner, Morton’s Texaco and Automotive.  Randal worked for 24 years as a Certified Lumber Grader.  Randal was a member of the Anderson Chamber of Commerce, Anderson, CA.  Randal is involved in a variety of community service projects through his church.

Bill Arnold


Bill is a Shasta County resident and a resident of the sponsoring school district.  He graduated from St. Francis High School, La Canada, CA and attended community college at Glendale College, Glendale CA.  Bill was part of the US Navy Submarine Service.  Bill and his wife raised 17 children, a combination of biological and adopted.  Bill retired from Safeway Corp. after over 30 years with the company.  Bill is currently a licensed realtor for the state of CA.  He also runs a non profit for animal rescue, Special Kay Rescue and Sanctuary.

Dawn Allan


Board Meetings

Mar 15

Board Meeting

March 15 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Board Meeting Agendas

2017/2018 - Meeting Agendas


2016/2017 - Meeting Agendas
2015/2016 - Meeting Agendas

Advisory Council and Stakeholder Meeting Agendas

2017/2018 - Meeting Agendas


Advisory Council

Our advisory council meets the last Tuesday of each month at 12:00.

Advisory Council Meetings

Tue 27

Advisory Council Meeting

February 27 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm



Julia Knight

Julia Knight

Executive Director

Julia is an educational professional with decades of experience as both a teacher and administrator.

Bryan Knight

Bryan Knight


Vanessa Thomas

Vanessa Thomas


Vanessa Latham graduated from Red Bluff High. After graduation she was an exchange student in Belgium for the following school year. She attended Shasta College, Butte College, and Chico State where she earned her multiple subject teaching credential. In 2012 she attended Simpson University and earned her single subject credential in Social Science. Vanessa has been a charter school teacher since 2008 taking on numerous roles at the school. Her message to students– I love to learn new things so please share with me!

2017/2018 Enrollment

We provide educational opportunities to students who need the flexibility of independent study and the support of classroom teachers, classes, and an academic environment. Now accepting K -12 enrollment applications for the 2017 - 2018 school year.

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